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  • The Sun always comes out on National Day in Peking
    The Sun always comes out on National Day...
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    Kites on Tiananmen Square

    by Lemonita Written Aug 3, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Tiananmen Square is one of the world's largest squares. There is always a lot happening there...

    It is always nice, when we don't have anything to do, to have a stroll there. I love to watch the multiple and various kites flying over the people. No where else have I seen so many beautiful kites...

    Sometimes, I am just amazed to see that kites can fly so high in the sky... Also, it is a pleasure to see kids playing and running all around...

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    Flag Rise at Tiananmen Sq.

    by Lemonita Written Aug 6, 2003

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    Fondest memory: I have already seen how they fold the Chinese flag on evenings, after the sunset. I saw it from accross the street, near Mao's portrait. I didn't think it was impressive at all and I wouldn't recommand it to anyone.

    But I decided to go see the flagrise with friends. We stayed out all night and arrived at Tiananmen Sq. around 3.30 AM. I was amazed to see how relatively crowded this place was at such an early hour ! Actually, we cannot go into Tiananmen Sq. as it is close and only opens at 4.30 AM. So we waited on the side and talked to people who were selling souvenirs to kill the hour.

    Every day, the flag rise depends on the time when the sun comes out, you should be able to check the time out on newspapers. Try Beijing Youth Newspaper.

    Once Tiananmen Sq. opened, everyone was running towards the flag podium, it was crazy ! There was music (chinese anthem of course) when the flag rose. I thought it was special and I've never been so proud to be Chinese !!

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    Tiananmen Square National Day decorations

    by Confucius Updated Jun 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: During the week long National Day celebrations around October 1 they bring out Sun Zhongshan's portrait, some political slogans, and a bunch of pretty flowers. The China government used to roll out similar large paintings depicting two old Eastern European men with long beards (Karl Marx and some other founder of communism) but now the only bearded fellow you'll see in Tiananmen Square is Colonel Sanders standing in front of the KFC at the southwest corner.

    Fondest memory: The Chinese characters visible in photo #2 mean "excellent" and are part of a long National Day political banner surrounded by pretty flowers.

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    Tian An Men Square

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fondest memory: With an area of some 400,000sq.m, is the largest square in the world today. Here you will find the 'Monument of People's Heroes' in the centre, 'Chairman Mao Memorial Hall' to its south, 'Tian An Men Rostrum' on its north, the 'Great Hall of the People' on its west, the 'Museum of the Chinese History' and the 'Museum of Chinese Revolution' on the east. The Square is listed top among Beijing's 16 scenic spots.

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    Tian An Men Square and Gate

    by nepalgoods Updated Oct 20, 2002

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    Tian An Men Square

    Favorite thing: This photo is taken from the Tian An Men Gate, where I stood directly over the big Mao portrait. The entrance fee is very expensive. And I think it is not worth it. But for the Chinese people this Gate is very important as Mao Zedong proclaimed the formal establishment of the People's Republik here. That was on Oct. 1st 1949. I was there around Oct 1st 1993 invited by the Beijing Language Institute (no entrance fee :) ). The Tian An Men Suqare was full of flowers and people.

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    Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world

    by ntm2322 Updated Sep 24, 2007

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    At Tianmen Square

    Favorite thing: Tiananmen Square is located at the center of Beijing and has an area of 440,000 m2. Here you can visit the following:

    Tiananmen Tower (situated at the North end, built in 1417),

    Monument to the People's Heroes (situated at the center of the Square, built in 1952),

    Great Hall of the People (situated at the West of the Square, built in 1959),

    Mao Zedong Memorial Hall l (situated at the South side of the Square)

    China National Museum (situated at the East side of the Square, built in 2003, it is a combination of Chinese History Museum and Chinese Revolutionary Museum)

    Flag-raising ceremony (between 4.45 and 5.00 am)

    Flag-lowering ceremony (between 7.00 and 7.50 pm)

    In Tiananmen Square you can also stroll or relax all day long, flying kites, taking shots, chatting with friends, shopping in all those shops nearby, etc.

    Tiananmen Square has also witnessed a great number of important events such as

    The May, 4th Movement of 1919

    The proclamation of the People’s Republic of China in October 1st, 1949

    Mass rallies during the Cultural Revolution

    Students protests in 1989

    The 1984 and 1999 military parades celebrating the 35th and 50th anniversaries, respectively, of the People's Republic of China

    Fondest memory: Stay right in the middle of Tiananmen Square and take a deep breath, look at the majestic places surrounding Tiananmen. This square breathes history, makes you broaden your mind.

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    TIANAMEN SQUARE

    by LysDor Updated Dec 3, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The world largest square is located on the opposite side of the gate of the forbidden city. It is famous because of Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, which has free admission. Unfortunately this square has also been the settings -during the past years - for different political reasons.

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    simcard's General Tip

    by simcard Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Fondest memory: What impressed me most in Beijing? Well, crowded almost everywhere. I remember the local people told me never go out on holidays. I didn't take their kind suggestion then and so I went to Tian'anmen square. WOW!!! Then I really regret - tooooooo maaaaaannnnyyyy people!!(I am not lieing. Looking at the picture so you know.) You have to walk chest to back against each other. A ten meter distance took 10 minutes to finish. That's crazy! But that's also one very special experience for me.

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    Symbol of China

    by meteorologist1 Written Oct 12, 2003

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    Tiananmen Gate

    Fondest memory: You can feel the power and strength of the country when you stand on Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square and Gate are so politically symbolic of China. With a huge picture of Chairman Mao at the entrance of the gate, you know that you are standing at the heart, the control center of China. The enormous size of the square itself also symbolizes the strength of the country.

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    Climbing to the second floor...

    by meteorologist1 Updated Oct 12, 2003

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    On the Tiananmen Gate

    Fondest memory: You can climb onto the Tiananmen Gate to get a good view of Tiananmen Square. The Tiananmen Gate's second floor used to be closed to the public, but now you can look at the meeting areas of political leaders. Very interesting. It's just that you have to go through very strict security upon entering.

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    Tian An Men, Stone Lion Statue

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fondest memory: Lion is a special animal to Chinese people. A pair of stone lions, a male and a female, can often be seen in front of the gates of traditional buildings. The male lion is on the left with his right paw resting on a ball, and the female on the right with her left paw fondling a cub.

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    In Beijing, remember wake up...

    by yuk13 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: In Beijing, remember wake up earlier and go out for some morning walk, you can feel the energetic side of the city. Walk along the Cheung On Street from Wang Fu Jing to the Tian An Mun Square, you will find the morning sun is climbing up right behind you. At about six every morning, old people gather at the Square for exercise while the Liberation Army hold the Flag Lifting Ceremony.

    Fondest memory: Tian An Mun is a must see site. It is so historical and it has been the center of capital for many centuries. Worldwide known events or issues either recent one or happaned decades ago were taken place right here.

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    the People's Hall

    by JUNLI Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: the People's Hall

    Fondest memory:
    This building is one of the most important polictial centres of People's Republic of China.

    If you are a foreigner and has no idea of the Chinese political structure, I think you can regard it as another parliament building. :-)

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    TIANANMEN SQUARETian an Men...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: TIANANMEN SQUARE
    Tian an Men is said to be the biggest square in the world. I don't know if that is true, but it seems so!. Anyway, it is always full; most of the people here is chinese, they take lots of photos everywhere. They sit on the floor (strange, there are no benches in all this huge square) eat and drink here... If you visit in summer, bring a hat or umbrella, there's little shadow here.
    During the Ming and Qing eras, the square was enclosed by a red wall. Commoners were permitted entry only to be executed. The wall was destroyed during the 1911 revolution, and the square has quadrupled in size. Now a half-million people can stand there.

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    GATE OF HEAVENLY PEACETian An...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: GATE OF HEAVENLY PEACE
    Tian An Men square has got several highlights: south of the Palace Museum and north of Tiananmen Square is the Ming Dynasty rostrum of Tiananmen (gate of Heavenly Peace ). From this vantage point you can scan the golden roofs of the place and the square which is called 'the heart of China'.

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